Lori Loughlin is asking courts to release evidence that she believes will help her and husband Mossimo Giannulli prove their innocence. The pair have been accused of working with William "Rick" Singer, the alleged mastermind of the college admissions scandal, to shell out $500K in bribes so their daughters could attend University of Southern California. (Olivia Jade and Bella are no longer students at USC).
Lawyer Sean Berkowitz filed documents in court saying that prosecutors are withholding evidence they deem immaterial, but that may show they were unaware that what they considered to be donations were being used as bribes.
The motion, filed at Massachusetts' U.S. District Court, reads: "But the Government appears to be concealing exculpatory evidence that helps show that both Defendants believed all of the payments they made would go to USC itself — for legitimate, university-approved purposes — or to other legitimate charitable causes."
The document continues: "The Government's failure to disclose this information is unacceptable, and this Court should put a stop to it."
The couple faces 40+ years behind bars if found guilty of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud.
ADVICE TO DAUGHTERS
In a November letter that prosecutors sent to her defense team, she allegedly urges her daughters to work harder in high school.
In the government's November letter to the defense, prosecutors said Singer told them: "Lori Loughlin was in charge and told the couple's daughters that they needed to do better in high school."
Their lackluster grades and admission to USC confused their high school college counselor, per court docs. When he "began asking questions about why Olivia was admitted to USC as a recruit to the crew team (given that she did not participate in crew), Singer told Giannulli that Philip Petrone could mess things up and advised Giannulli to speak with Petrone."
Petrone told investigators that "(a) Giannulli asked if Petrone had told USC that his daughters were bad candidates, and Petrone confirmed that he did not; and (b) Giannulli told Petrone that Olivia was a coxswain; and (c) Petrone told Giannulli that he would tell USC that Olivia was a coxswain."